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BNP Paribas Logical Reasoning Test

BNP Paribas looks for employees with a high logical ability. Applicants may have to pass a logical test before being offered a position, depending on the field and position that they are applying for.

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About BNP Paribas Logical Reasoning Tests

BNP Paribas Group is one of Europes' leading banks, with international reach. It employs over 190,000 people and is active in 73 countries worldwide.

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Logical reasoning tests are a fair and objective way for BNP Paribas to assess a wide range of applicants, each having different experiences and different qualifications. By analysing the results of a standardised logical reasoning test, BNP Paribas are able to quickly see which candidates are suitable for the role and which are not. This sort of information about candidates’ skills is difficult to glean from interviews and qualifications alone, so they use professional psychometric tests.

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BNP Paribas Application Process Stages

Here is the typical process for your application to BNP Paribas, though it may vary between position level and sector.

Stage 1

Online Application

The first step, when applying to BNP Paribas, is to complete an online application. You will be asked to upload your CV and list your skills, experience and extracurricular activities. You will also normally need to complete a Situational Judgement Test.

Stage 2

Online Aptitude Test

Once the application has been received, candidates will be asked to complete ability tests, published by Cut-E. These tests can be, depending on the field you applied to, numerical, verbal or logical.

Stage 3

Interview

Successful applicants will be invited for a competency based interview. Ambition, Creativity, Commitment & Responsiveness are the core competencies that are valued at at BNP Paribas.

Stage 4

Assessment Center

Candidates who are invited to the final stage of the application process - the assessment centre - will complete a combination of the following tasks: a manager presentation, group competency interviews, group exercise and presentations as well as a final individual interview.

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BNP Paribas Logical Reasoning Test Questions

Like most logical tests, the one used by BNP Paribas look at your ability to interpret abstract data, such as patterns created from shapes and shades, and answer questions which require identification and extrapolation of these patterns. The logical test will be assessing your speed and accuracy. The answers are multiple choice and you should try to work quickly within the time limit, but also accurately. Negative marking is unlikely to be used but do not guess answers, as this will show up in your accuracy score. Sometimes you will find that you can make a best guess estimate by deducing that some of the answer options are incorrect. This approach to logical tests will come with practice, and you will become familiar with the type of logical tests used by companies such as BNP Paribas.

Logical reasoning tests and who uses them

Companies are using logical reasoning test more and more in their application process that candidates must go through. Logical reasoning tests are favoured to assess a candidate's general level of abstract intelligence or reasoning ability. A person's score in a logical reasoning test is a good indicator of their ability to work well with new concepts and to spot patterns. This can be important in any sector or position.

Nationwide use logical reasoning tests as part of their recruitment process to help them select the best candidates for a particular role.

So as a graduate or senior candidate applying for a job at Nationwide you might feel like the logical reasoning test is an unnecessary hoop to jump through. But you should bear in mind that Nationwide are asking you to complete the logical test as much for your own benefit as theirs; if you are not suitable for the role, a psychometric test will usually identify this. Research has shown that psychometric tests, such as those used by Nationwide, are a better predictor of job performance than traditional selection metrics such as level of degree achieved.

What you should know before taking your logical reasoning test

The logical operations required in standardised logical tests are of a level which most applicants can achieve. The difficult aspect comes with identifying the patterns, especially when there are multiple differences in each example of the pattern, quickly and accurately within the time limit. Here is a list of the most common operations you can expect in your logical test:

  • Changes in size of shape
  • Reflection
  • Transformation
  • Division
  • Greyscale shading or other ways of making shapes more distinct
  • Rotation

Different types of logical tests

Most questions in most logical reasoning tests follow a standard format displaying a pattern of images, the question and answer options on screen. These can be arranged differently, but each test will stick to the same layout throughout. The images may contain shapes, such as squares, triangles, and circles, or more symbols, such as arrows, currency signs, and other special characters. The question text may contain extra information which adds to what's given in the sequence of images, this might also be necessary to answer the question correctly. You might have to guess which answer option is the next in the sequence, or which options represents a missing step in the sequence. Lastly, the answer options are almost always multiple choice. Multiple choice answers can vary, however. You may have 4 options to pick from, 5, maybe 10, or more. The more answer options to pick from, the slimmer the chances are that you can obtain the correct answer by guessing.

Answered questions

Are these tests suitable for BNP Paribas?

BNP Paribas use Cut-e's reasoning tests to assess applicants in the recruitment process. The practice tests we provide have been designed to mimic Cut-e's style to create an environment similar to the real assessment.

How difficult are your tests?

The same difficulty as real tests. Generally real employer selection tests don't differ that much in terms of difficulty which is why they compare your score against norm groups. Our practice tests are pitched roughly at graduate level, but this means they are actually suitable for preparing for all levels of job: entry; apprentice; graduate; senior; director.

Are they compatible with my Mac / Tablet / Phone?

Yes, and PC, and Linux and smartphone and Android and...everything. Our practice tests will run on all systems and they are responsive so they will work well on tablets and smartphones too!

How many times can I take the tests?

Unlimited. You can take our practice tests as many times as you like; there is no limit. But to be honest, after taking the same test a few times you start to remember the answers, so that’s why we have lots of tests.